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Radishes (水萝卜 Luóbo)

Radishes are an excellent remedy for liver disorders, but an excess can prove harmful. A teaspoonful of neat raw radish juice is the largest dose permitted in one day.

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Radish tea (萝卜茶 Luóbo chá).

Dried grated radishes or a small amount of radish juice should be added to water and allowed to simmer in a pan for about five minutes. If you have used dried radishes, strain the liquid before serving. This is good for the kidneys and will aid the passing of urine where there is urine retention.


Radish syrup tea (萝卜糖浆茶 Luóbo tángjiāng chá).

Prepare as radish tea, using radish syrup.

Radish syrup (萝卜糖浆 Luóbo tángjiāng).

Squeeze the juice out of some grated radishes, then put the juice into a pan over a low flame. Add honey, molasses or sugar, but only enough to turn the juice into a thick syrup. If you bottle it in an air-tight container it will keep for some time. Radish syrup is excellent against gall-stones, whooping cough and bronchial catarrh. For gall stones, a quarter teaspoonful in a tablespoonful of water should be taken three times a day. For coughs and catarrh, add a quarter teaspoonful to half a cup of water, which should be sipped slowly throughout the day.


Radish juice (萝卜汁 Luóbo zhī).

Grate the radish and squeeze one cup of juice from it, then put it into a pan together with one cup of water. Heat, and remove as soon as it boils. Radish juice is very good for the kidneys, aids urination, and is effective against skin troubles (e.g. ulcers, boils and other swellings). Take a cupful once a day for two days, then wait a few days, and, if the condition still persists, repeat.



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Taoist Ways of Healing - The Chinese Art of Pa Chin Hsien

by Chee Soo

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